St He­liers hit by ram raids

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By ELESHA ED­MONDS

Three peo­ple have been ar­rested af­ter a St He­liers wine store was ram-raided early on April 5.

Of­fend­ers reversed a car into the front of La Cantina on Waimarie St around 3am be­fore tak­ing off with bot­tles of wine.

Po­lice say three peo­ple were later ar­rested af­ter a stolen sil­ver Mit­subishi al­legedly used in the raids was found with the stolen wine at a Pan­mure ad­dress.

The in­ci­dent comes af­ter a spate of ram raids in the St He­liers area over the last month. La Fourchette restau­rant on Tu­rua St was raided dur­ing the early hours of March 28.

A stolen car was backed into the restau­rant at 4am with thieves tak­ing off with the till.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened an hour be­fore kitchen staff were due to ar­rive, res- tau­rant owner Ro­main Le Gal says.

Le Gal says it will take weeks to fix the dam­age on the front of the restau­rant.

‘‘The front win­dow is spe­cially made for the restau­rant so it will take time to get it re­placed which is not very nice.’’

Triath­lete’s Cor­ner, also on Tu­rua St, was raided on March 30 with about $9000 worth of stock stolen in­clud­ing sun­glasses, shoes and wet­suits.

Store owner Ja­son Benni- man says CCTV footage cap­tured the of­fend­ers wear­ing bal­a­clavas and gloves.

‘‘They left the store in a com­plete state. To be hon­est I’m pretty heart­bro­ken. It’s my store and I put my heart and soul into it and love what I’m do­ing.’’

Ben­ni­man says he hopes to meet with other lo­cal busi­ness own­ers to dis­cuss the events.

‘‘You don’t re­ally ex­pect it down here. It’s a re­ally nice com­mu­nity in St He­liers and the last thing we want to do is put shut­ters or bars on our doors.’’

Eden Foods on St He­liers Bay Rd was also ram-raided last month with thieves tak­ing off with ice­cream, lol­lies and al­co­hol.

Triath­lete’s Cor­ner, on Tu­rua St, was raided with about $9000 worth of stock stolen in­clud­ing sun­glasses, shoes and wet­suits.

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